PBS Distribution Announces Release Date For ‘The Tunnel: Season 1’

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

Courtesy: Public Media Distribution

PBS Distribution has announced the release date for PBS’ new political crime thriller The Tunnel.

The Tunnel will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 9th.  The movie stars Stephen Dillane (The Hours, Game of Thrones, King Arthur) as lead character Detective Karl Roebuck.  Roebucks is investigating the death of a prominent French politician who was found in the middle of the fame Channel Tunnel, straddling the border between England and France.  It is up to Roebuck and his partner Elise Wasserman (Clemence Poesy—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I & II, 127 Hours) to solve the mystery of the politician’s death.  Things take a gripping turn when a shocking discovery is made at the scene of the crime.  The discovery forces both French and British police to put aside their differences and work together in order to solve the case while Roebuck and Wasserman are pulled ever-deeper into the case.

The Tunnel’s run time is 450 minutes spread across 3 discs.  The DVD set will retail for MSRP of $49.99 and the Blu-ray set for $59.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on The Tunnel is available online now at:




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ESPN Announces More On-Air Moves Ahead Of 2016 – ’17 NFL Season

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ESPN is making even more moves in its on-air ranks as the 2016 – 2017 NFL season nears.

It was announced this week that NFL Nation’s Giants reporter Dan Graziano has now been named a National NFL Insider for ESPN.  This means that he will have more on-air presence including appearances on NFL Insiders, NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, and ESPN The Magazine.  Graziano’s first official day in the position was this past Friday, July 22nd when he broke the story about Steelers’ star running back Le’Veon Bell’s upcoming four-game suspension.  The punishment was put in place in reaction to Bell violating the leagues drug policy.  Chad Millman, Vice President and Editorial Director of Domestic Digital content noted Graziano’s contributions to ESPN in discussing his new move.  “Dan has been a strong reporter for us on so many platforms over the course of five years,” Millman said.  “He consistently breaks stories on a national level and has an understanding of what’s happening across the entire league. This new role benefits our NFL team and, most importantly, our readers and viewers.”   When he originally started out at ESPN in 2011, he served as an NFL East blogger.  In 2013 he turned his focus specifically to the New York Giants as ESPN’s NFL Nation Network grew.  He has also served as a contributor to ESPN’s NFL Insiders since its inception in 2013.

As Graziano moves upward in ESPN’s on-air ranks, he will be replaced in his previous position by Jordan Raanan.  He was most recently the Giants reporter for NJ Advance Media.  He boasts more than a decade of experience as he comes in to his new position.  He also has covered the St. Louis Rams for ESPN for three seasons.  On a related note, Nick Wagoner has been named the new San Francisco 49ers reporter for ESPN.  More information on these and other moves being made by ESPN is available online now at:




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PBS Kids’ New ‘Peg + Cat’ DVD Is In Fact Another “Out Of This World” Collection

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Courtesy: Public Media Distribution/PBS Kids/PBS

School is currently out for most students across the country.  But even with children being out on vacation, it is never too soon to instill a little education with their summer fun.  That’s where PBS Kids comes into play.  PBS Kids has already released a handful of family friendly DVDs that will both entertain and educate audiences of all ages this summer.  Earlier this month it released yet another new family friendly offering in the form of Peg + Cat’s new DVD Out Of This World.  This latest offering from the award-winning series is much smaller than its predecessors.  But it still offers plenty to be appreciated beginning with its featured stories.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are contained therein are just as important to note in the collection’s bigger picture as the stories in which the lessons are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the set rounds out the collection’s most important elements.  It brings everything full circle here and shows together with the featured stories and lessons why the DVD is, in whole yet a rather aptly titled collection.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is an aptly titled new collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  That is because it proves in whole that it is in fact an out of this world set, even as small as it may be.  This is proven in part through the stories that make up the main body of the disc.  Unlike previous Peg + Cat DVD collections, this one is much smaller than its predecessors in regards to its stories.  It features only for stories, whereas the majority of its predecessors feature twice that number.  Not every collection does.  But the majority of those collections do double up on that story count.  Even featuring only four episodes it still doesn’t detract from the collection.  That is because the stories are original and also interconnected.  Each story sees Peg and her furry, blue friend visiting their alien pal Richard, who lives on the purple planet for different reasons.  “The Doohickey Problem” sees Peg and Cat having to fix their rocket ship because it has broken.  And it is up to Richard to help them.  The duo visits him yet again in “The Long Line Problem” as he waits to get the latest new yellow gadget.  This is an especially funny episode for parents because it is obvious that the writers were poking fun at Apple and the people who wait so rabidly for the latest new Apple gadget even if they don’t know entirely what it does.  In “Richard The Third” Peg and Cat have to help motivate Richard as he competes with his siblings (who just happen to also be named Richard).  The story plays on the practice of people being called “the first,” the second,” and so on.  The set’s final episode “The T-Ball Problem” joins Richard with Peg and Cats T-Ball team in order to take on another team for the purple planet’s “world series.”  It’s a fitting way to not only entertain and educate young audiences (and even some older audiences thanks to its lesson) but also build hype over MLB’s road to the “second season” now that said annual road is being paved once again.  All four stories have their own identity separate from the others.  But they are all connected by one underlying thread—that of Peg and Cat’s visits with Richard.  The fact that the people at PBS Kids and PBS Distribution were able to connect all four episodes together all while maintaining the episodes’ identities is impressive in its own right.  It shows again that while the set boasts only four stories, they are still four stories that will keep audiences of all ages entertained and educated from beginning to end.  The stories are collectively just part of what makes this latest collection of Peg + Cat episodes so enjoyable.  The lessons that are tied into the stories are just as important to note as the stories that are featured within each episode.

The stories that make up the main body of Peg + Cat: Out Of This World are in their own right hugely important to the DVD’s overall presentation.  That is because each story has its own identity yet is connected to the others by the central thread of Peg and Cat visiting Richard in each story.  The balance presented therein makes the stories their own clearly important part to the disc’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to the collection’s presentation as the stories themselves.  The lessons presented here are not just the standard math lessons either.  The value of teamwork is taught alongside elementary level counting skills in “The Doohickkey Problem.”  “Richard The Third” presents an equally lesson about self-confidence and sense of self alongside its own elementary counting lesson.  “The Long Line Problem” and “The T-Ball Problem” are the only stories presented here that focus primarily on math.  The prior teaches a basic lesson about ordinal numbers while the latter presets a basic lesson about statistics.  Whether for the math lessons, the more personal lessons, or for both, it can be said that the lessons in whole add their own element to the collection.  It clearly shows that continued effort by The Fred Rogers Company to instill that sense of self among audiences (and do so in a way that doesn’t exactly mirror the lessons from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) all while also teaching valuable lessons, proving the importance of math in everyday life on a level that makes that importance accessible by younger audiences.  There is no denying the impact that this balance of education (both socially and in terms of math) plays in the bigger picture of this collection.  Together with the set’s featured episodes the two elements strengthen the DVD’s presentation even more.  They still are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to note as the set’s featured stories and their related lessons.

The stories that make up the main body of PBS Kids’ new Peg + Cat collection are undeniably important to the collection’s presentation.  The social and mathematical lessons that are tied into the episodes are just as important to its collection as the stories themselves.  They are not the collection’s only important elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to the collection’s presentation as its stories and lessons.  That is because the bonus material is made up of lessons that drive home the concepts presented within each of the stories and lessons.  They encourage parents and teachers to work with children in order to drive home those lessons, too.  “Monster Math” is one of those bonuses.  It drives home the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem” and “Richard The Third” by having an adult work with a child to build a “monster”–much like the one on the purple planet, who loves all things yellow—out of an empty tissue box and construction paper.  The adult then cuts up the construction paper even more, putting numbers on each piece before giving those pieces to the child.  From there, the adult calls out the numbers for the child to find and then feed to the monster.

“Triple Addition” is another of the set’s bonus features.  It, too echoes the basic counting lesson presented in “The Doohickey Problem.”  It does so by having children and parents find household items in order to make their own patterns.  The suggested items include candy (to make the lesson educational and tasty), pasta (in its various forms), and different colored and shaped blocks just to name a few.  Parents and children can use those suggestions or find their own items.  Over time parents and children can build pattern recognition skills using any number and type of items.

“Marble Mayhem” is the last of the bonuses included in the set.  This bonus lesson uses dice, marbles, (or whatever item parents and children choose) and a cup.  It is a multi-player game that teaches counting skills by having children roll the dice and put the matching number of marbles into their respective cups.  The first child to fill his or her cup wins the game.  As is noted in the activity, younger children can use just one die while older children can use a pair of dice.  It is a simple game that is sure to entertain and educate any child.  That is not to discount “Triple Addition” or “Monster Math” either.  All three bonus activities offers its own education and entertainment for the whole family.   Those bonus activities couple with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to make this collection in whole yet another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.  They come together to make it a collection that truly is “out of this world” whether used in the classroom or the living room.

Peg + Cat: Out Of This World is yet another impressive collection from the award-winning PBS Kids series.  It is another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library that is in fact rather aptly titled.  That is due in part to the interconnected stories which make up the body of the DVD’s presentation.  The lessons that are tied into each story are just as important to note as the stories themselves in noting what makes the DVD so impressive.  The bonus activities that are included with the collection round out its most important elements and bring everything full circle.  They join with the set’s stories and their associated lessons to ensure children’s (and even adults’) entertainment and education from beginning to end, proving again why this set is so “out of this world.”  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this DVD is available online now along with lots more Peg + Cat activities, games, printables and more at:




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Turner Sports Announces Extensive Coverage Schedule For 2016 PGA Championship

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Courtesy: Turner Sports/Time Warner

TNT launches its coverage of the 2016 PGA Championship this week.

Officials with Turner Sports announced today that TNT’s coverage of the 98th PGA Championship begins this Thursday, July 28th at 1pm ET. The four-day tournament runs from July 28th to 31st and will feature some of golf’s biggest names including: defending champion Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, and Phil Mickelson among so many others.

2016 marks the 26th consecutive year that Turner Sports has covered the PGA Championship and the 18th year that TNT has televised the tournament.  TNT will carry 18 hours of exclusive live action on July 28th an 29th from 1pm ET – 7pm ET.  The network will also carry coverage of the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday, July 30th and 31st from 11am ET – 2pm ET.  Ernie Johnson will anchor the broadcast alongside Brian Anderson, who will be calling his first-ever PGA Championship.  The pair will be joined by analysts Ian Baker-Finch and Billy Kratzert for additional commentary along with on-course analyst Mike Weir and Amanda Balionis, handling pre- and post-round interviews.

Along with its coverage on television, PGA.com, which is managed by Turner Sports, will offer expanded coverage of the event streaming live via PGA Championship LIVE.  That coverage is presented by Mercedes-Benz and Edward Jones.  PGA Championship LIVE will double its “Features Group” coverage this year, expanding that coverage to four featured groups each day.  That expanded coverage begins Thursday morning with defending PGA Championship winner Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy at 8:30am ET.  Coverage of Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, and Jamie Donaldson follows at 9:30am ET.  Coverage of the afternoon groups begins at 1:25pm ET with Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia, and Bubba Watson.  Danny Willet, Dustin Johnson, and Henrik Stenson follow at 1:45pm ET.  Coverage of the afternoon groups will follow all 18 holes for the noted groups.  The PGA Championship LIVE video player will be available across a number of platforms including desktop, iOS, and Android tablets, smart phones, and the PGA Championship TV App designed specifically for Samsung Smart TVs.  Brian Anderson an Brian Katrek will anchor will co-anchor PGA.com’s coverage of the PGA Championship.  They will be joined by analysts Billy Kratzert and Michael Breed.  Course reporters Brian Katrek an Annabel Rolley will be on hand for additional commentary throughout the tournament.  Viewers can watch full simulcast coverage of the tournament on PGA.com by logging in with their user names and passwords provided by their TV service providers.

Along with its extensive coverage on television and via PGA.com Turner Sports’ coverage of the PGA Championship will also extend to the network’s social media outlets, too.  Fans can follow all of the action in a variety of ways through those outlets, too.  More information on the 2016 PGA Championship is available online now at:




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Quor Joining Elisium On “The Blue Tour”

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Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Quor is hitting the road with Elisium.

The San Diego, California-based metal trio has announced that it will join Elisium for what has been dubbed the “Blue Tour” beginning Sunday, August 7th in Costa Mesa, California at the Orange County Fairgrounds.  The tour wraps Wednesday, August 24th in Toledo Ohio at Realm.  The two-week tour features a total of 11 dates that run largely throughout the Midwest.  The complete schedule for the band’s tour is noted below.




OC Fair Grounds
Costa Mesa, CA

Metro Bar
Springville, UT

Algona, IA

Fort Atkinson, WI

The Venue
Dubuque, IA

Kishwaukee Tap
Rockford, IL

The Tree
Joliet, IL

The Looney Bin
Bradley, IL

Traveler’s Bar
Le Roy, MI

Kent, OH

Toledo, OH


Courtesy: QUOR Music

Courtesy: QUOR Music

The band’s upcoming live dates are in support of its most recent recording, its 2-EP release Human Paradigm: The Deluxe Edition.  The nine-song recording was released September 10th, 2015 and features the song ‘Let’s Rise’ whose video is streaming online now via the bands official YouTube channel.  The video for the record’s title track is also available online now via the band’s official websiteHuman Paradigm: The Deluxe Edition can be ordered online now via Amazon, GooglePlay, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and the band’s website. More information on Quor’s upcoming live schedule is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:




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Flaw Shows It Still Has Plenty Left To Offer Audiences On Its New LP

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Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

There’s an old adage out there that states “you can’t keep a good man down.”  In the same vein, you also can’t keep a good woman down.  Flaw is proof of that.  The Louisville, Kentucky-based hard rock band has faced more breakups, makeups, lineup changes, and label changes than most bands that have been around as long as them.  This is regardless of whether said bands are independent or major label acts.  Now two decades after originally front man Chris Volz originally formed the band, he is trying his hand for what feels like the umpteenth time and will release the band’s fourth full-length studio recording Divided We Fall next month.  The album features the lineup Volz (vocals), Jason Daunt (guitar), Ryan Juhrs (bass), and Corey Sturgill (drums).  The album’s title is fitting considering Flaw’s history.  Listening to this new album one can only hope that this album will finally mark a new beginning for the band.  That is because the album serves as a reminder of what originally made Flaw such a well-kept secret so many years ago and that even with its rough history it still has plenty to offer audiences given the right support.

Flaw has seen over the course of its now two-decade life more ups and downs than most bands that have been around just as long both mainstream and independent alike.  For all of those ups and downs that the band has faced, its latest effort Divided We Fall shows that this band still has plenty to offer audiences and that it is still as strong as it was in its infancy way back in 1996.  One of the songs that best exhibits this is the album’s absolute powerhouse composition ‘Choices.’  It is a simple title.  But both in terms of its musical arrangement and its lyrical content it is quite the heavy, hard-hitting composition. In regards to its musical arrangement it wastes little time launching from its brooding opening bars to a full on, merciless assault on the ears.  When Volz’s screams are set against the work of his band mates, that arrangement even conjures thoughts of Dry Kill Logic.  Volz wastes just as little time making his statement.  He stars off with a quiet yet powerful whisper, stating “Sometimes we make the choices/Other times the choices make us/Say it loudly/Lift up your voices/I’ll take a bullet for the people I trust.”  That final statement in the song’s introductory bars is a telling one to say the very least.  It boasts the most fire of those bars and puts the exclamation mark on exactly what he was trying to say here.  What he was trying to say, in this critic’s view, was that because of the way that life works out, he would likely take a bullet for very few people.  That is because he likely doesn’t trust very many people, again especially considering Flaw’s past history.  From there he goes on to ask, “Why don’t you hold my head up/So that I can breathe better/Just make me open my eyes so that I can see the light/All around us bad decisions will make or break you/We’re busting these chains/Gonna fight the good fight.”  He comes across here as saying we’re going to succeed no matter what, apparently addressing those who wouldn’t help even in the most difficult times.  That, again, is just this critic’s own take and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  The picture painted by Volz’s lyrics gets even more interesting in the song’s second verse as he sings, “So I’m calling all the people who know just how to dig deep/I’m setting all the pins/And making sure it’s all set/There’s never been a time like now so get it together/There’s only one chance…”  He is seemingly saying that he is making a choice for himself rather than letting life make choices for him.  He is making the choice to deal with some issues that have been needing to be dealt with and there has not been a chance like the one at hand in which to do so.  Even with this interpretation, this is a powerful statement.  It is a statement that is made even more boldly and proudly through the use of the song’s musical arrangement.  The two elements together make the song a statement that is certain to be one of listeners’ favorites from this new record.  It is just one of the album’s most impacting statements, too.

‘Choices’ is a clear example of just how much Flaw has left to offer audiences on its latest album.  The song’s musical intensity and its equally impacting lyrical content make it a powerful statement from the band.  It is just one of the songs that shows on this record how much the band still has left to offer audiences.  ‘Live and Breathe’ is another of the album’s examples of how much this band still has in its collective tank.  This song, musically speaking, is even more intense than ‘Choices.’  The band is balanced from one part to the next.  And the contrast of the songs rap/rock style verses to its more melodic chorus adds even more impact to the song.  The intensity in Volz’s voice as he delivers the song’s verses adds one more layer to that impact, too.  Speaking of the song’s lyrical content both in terms of the verses and choruses, it is just as important to the songs presentation as its musical makeup.  Looking at the song’s lyrical content it comes across as a proudly defiant statement against any naysayers and those who would otherwise try to cut down Volz or the band.  That can be assumed as Volz raps, “Bounce back cardiac/Whatever trouble arises I got your back/We’re taking no numbers/Just face to face/If you’ve come for no reason we’re taking your place/I Do differ from time to time/But you know I never left a good man behind/So I get by here day to day/This is something that you’ll never be taking away.”  Going back to the contrast of the song’s verses to its chorus, that contrast is immediately evident in the first refrain of the chorus as Volz and company sing, “All these fears are gone now/So many troubles have washed away/We’ve made it through this somehow/To live and breath another day.”  The confidence yet calm sense in Volz’s voice as he sings these lines serves to drive home his resolution.  It is almost like two distinct statements with the verse serving to address  a certain person/persons while the chorus is meant to come across as Volz thinking or speaking to himself.  That clear contrast continues throughout the remainder of the song with the end result being a song that hits just as hard as any of the album’s other offerings if not harder.  That impact reminds audiences why this song is just one more example of how much the album in whole shows that the band still has in its tank.  It still is not the only remaining example of that, either.  ‘My Letter,’ the album’s closer, is one more song exemplifying just how much Flaw still has in its tank.

‘Choices’ and ‘Live and Breathe’ are both key songs exemplifying just how much Flaw still has to offer audiences even twenty years or so after it first formed.  They are not the only songs presented in this record that serve to show how much the band still has to offer.  Volz’s re-worked take on ‘My Letter’—which was originally presented in the band’s 2001 debut Through The Eyes—is another example of how much the band still has left to offer audience.  It is a good way for the band to close out its new album.  That is because it is the polar opposite of every other one of the albums offerings.  It is a very reserved, piano-driven piece that is deeply introspective.  Volz sings here against the simple backdrop of a piano here, “This is my letter to you/We started following a certain description/We started simple and fair once again/Before there wasn’t any need for an answer/Things were much different then but/Now you question who I am/Who I am inside/Now there’s nothing left to hide/So here it goes/This is my letter/I hope you’re all right/It’s been rough for me/Been thinking all night/About all the places I’d be/If I maybe/Just did a little bit more/You might have let me become a man for sure/And if I might/Express one concern/It seems an issue all day at every turn/What’s the next step…what’s next for me to learn.”  At first the “letter” seems to address a former love interest.  But when Volz looks back and says, “If I maybe/Just did a little bit more/You might have let me become a man for sure,” one can’t help but think that maybe he is addressing an issue with either his father or a father figure.  That supposition grows even more in the song’s second verse as Volz sings “Engulf myself into a permanent mystery/No one day just as the next/Not for me/It’s so confusing when I look at my history/I just can’t handle that yet.”  From here he reprises the song’s chorus echoing again that same sentiment that was previously noted.  Regardless of whom Volz was addressing in this song, the song’s lyrical message hits even harder with its simpler, re-worked arrangement.  The simplicity of Volz singing those familiar lines against just a piano and nothing else gives the song so much depth.  Yet again this shows that Volz and company still have plenty of ideas likely left to share with audiences.  It is hardly the last song that exhibits this, too.  Any of the album’s remaining songs could be cited just as easily in making this statement.  All things considered Flaw has shown in this new forty-one minute record that it still has plenty left to offer provided its members remain united rather than divided.

Flaw has endured so much strike and turmoil over the course of its now twenty year life.  From breakups to makeups, lineup changes and label changes, this band has been there and seemingly done it all.  And now on its fourth full-length studio recording the band has shown that even despite everything that it has faced, it still has plenty left to offer audiences.  That is evident in the proudly defiant ‘Live and Breathe,’ the equally powerful ‘Choices’ and the deeply moving re-worked take of ‘My Letter.’  All three songs show in their own way that this band still has plenty left to offer audiences provided it can remain united rather than divided.  The same can be said of the rest of the songs that make up the body of the eleven-song record.  All in all this record shows that if Flaw can remain united it could finally stand tall and gain the fame that it so rightly deserves.  Divided We Fall will be released in stores and online on Friday, August 19th via Pavement Entertainment.  The band also has a tour scheduled in support alongside Dope in support of Divided We Fall.  More information on the band’s new album and tour is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:




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Alter Bridge Announces Title, Release Date For New LP

Courtesy: Caroline Records/Napalm Records

Courtesy: Caroline Records/Napalm Records

Alter Bridge has a new album on the way this fall.

The Last Hero will be released Friday, October 7th in stores and online.  Pre-orders for the album are open now via iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay.  The album can be ordered in a number of bundle packages online via Alter Bridge’s online store.  Those that pre-order the album now will get the album’s lead single ‘Show Me A Leader’ instantly.  For everyone else, the band has debuted the song’s lyric video, which can be viewed online now here.  The song is also streaming online via Spotify.  The song originally premiered Tuesday on Sirius/XMs Octane.  Front man Myles Kennedy discussed the song in a recent interview noting its socially conscious message.  “Lyrically, it reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of the world,” he said.  “The world is looking for trustworthy effective leadership and not this undignified dog and pony show that’s really made a mockery of our system.”  Guitarist Mark Tremonti expanded on the song, noting in short its creation.  “It’s indicative of our process,” he said.  “Myles had this guitar intro that I loved, and I had the chorus. We put them together. The words call out for a proper leader.”

The Last Hero is the band’s fifth full-length studio recording.  It will be released via Caroline Records in the United States and Canada and via Napalm Records throughout the rest of the world.  It was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Slash, Tremonti, Trivium, etc.).  Its full track-listing is noted below.


                   The Last Hero Track Listing


1)     Show Me A Leader

2)     The Writing On The Wall

3)     The Other Side

4)     My Champion

5)     Poison In Your Veins

6)     Cradle To The Grave

7)     Losing Patience

8)     This Side Of Fate

9)     You Will Be Remembered

10)   Crows On A Wire

11)   Twilight

12)   Island Of Fools

13)   The Last Hero


A tour in support of The Last Hero has been announced along with the premiere of the band’s new single.  The tour launches September 22n in Destin, Florida and includes performances in San Antonio, Texas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lincoln, Nebraska, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee among others.  Those dates are in addition to the band’s current live schedule which includes a performance tonight in Detroit, Michigan.  The band’s full tour schedule is noted below.


2016 Tour Dates


Jul 26th * Detroit, MI DTE Energy Amphitheater
Jul 27th * Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Jul 29th * Scranton, PA The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Jul 30th * Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach
Jul 31st * Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 2nd * Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
Aug 4th * Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion
Aug 6th Bangor, ME Rise Above Festival
Aug 7th Montreal, QC Heavy MTL Festival
Aug 8th * Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug 11th * Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug 12th * Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Amphitheater
Aug 13th * Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 15th * Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
Aug 17th * Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Aug 19th * Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Aug 21st Seattle, WA Pain In The Grass – White River Amphitheater
Aug 23rd # Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Aug 24th * Post Falls, ID Greyhound Park
Sep 22nd # Destin, FL Club LA
Sep 24th Houston, TX Houston Open Air Festival
Sep 25th # San Antonio, TX Aztec Theater
Sep 28th # Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
Sep 29th # Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Oct 1st Janesville, WI Sonic Boom
Oct 2nd Louisville, KY Louder Than Life
Oct 4th # Charlotte, NC Fillmore
Oct 5th # Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium
Oct 8th Tulsa, OK Tulsa State Fair – Oklahoma Stage



* playing with Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Saint Asonia

# Headline show


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